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Music, fashion and passion

Kari Rueslåtten

It’s super. Music, fashion and passion. Super 8. Kari brought the music and it is absolutely worth listening to “Other people’s stories”.  Photographed at Ramsgate beach, England. It was a long train ride, something that you end up missing living here in Vietnam. Trains are simply the best of public transport, as long as there are no leaves on the track or other delay reasons. Getting a seat, enjoy a conversation or simply read books for an hour (or more) and then you are there.

Compare that to riding a motorbike on the streets of Saigon, having to keep track on every single movement as nobody cares to use their rearview mirrors or even turn and look behind. Motorbike or even bike riders that could easily have put any kamikaze pilot to shame will come out from small alleyways and be in front of you before you know it. Blink and you collide. Look somewhere else and you collide. Be paranoid and expect anything can appear in front of you and you stay safe. I rather read a book on a train.

Kari Rueslåtten

Also captured on the super 8 was one of the earliest collections of fashion designer Siv Støldal.

Fashion on Super 8

Fashion on Super 8

Fashion on Super 8

Fashion on Super 8

Photographed in Avondale Road, close to Green Lanes in London. Green Lanes is a Greek and Turkish area of London, with freshly baked bread in quite a few varieties and the same for hummus and olives. Great place for food.

However, I must admit a fondness now for Vietnamese food after spending close to a decade here already. Time really flies. Too fast. Music on. Time for more captures. Here we go. Passion!

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[…] Yeah, they say two thousand zero zero party over, oops out of time. So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999. Yeah! (Prince, 1999)

New York, 1999, captured on Super 8mm.

1999. My last year at St.Martins. We are heading to New York. The MA students are going and I am the only one from the BA course that can join them. It was a great trip. We visited quite a few design agencies and got a glimpse into the design industry in New York. I decided to stay for another week. Until now I had been getting “down and dirty” with type at the Southampton Row’s basement with letterpress printing. Learning type from the very basic. Understanding the vocabulary. Going back to QuarkXpress was suddenly not a mystery anymore. All the commands came intuitive. Same as coming from a wet-room/darkroom and exploring Photoshop for the first time. The terminology makes sense.

New York is a great city and, yes, it is easy to party like it’s 1999. I didn’t stay behind to party, I stayed behind to capture. I had borrowed a super 8 camera and used it in single frame mode. Could get over 3000 exposures out of one roll! Shooting super 8 and treating it as still medium, and not moving images, was one of the ways I pushed the photographic boundaries.

Coming from a traditional photography background (as an apprentice), and at first attending a BA commercial photography course at Kent Institute (KIAD), I managed to swap to Saint Martin’s halfway through the first year as it was the only place that would push you to explore. Of course, it would be easy for me to do mostly all the assignments as a photographic solution, however, why take the easy route out? Hence, my struggling to understand the world of typography. Working with type was the biggest challenge and therefore the one I set out to master and understand.

However, The MA students had completed their tour and the party was over. Time to explore. The extra week went fast and here are some more of the captures, enjoy:

New York, 1999, captured on Super 8mm.

New York, 1999, captured on Super 8mm.

New York, 1999, captured on Super 8mm.

New York, 1999, captured on Super 8mm.

New York, 1999, captured on Super 8mm.

New York, 1999, captured on Super 8mm.

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